Author details

Cat Hepburn

Biography

I am an award-winning script writer, spoken word artist and writing mentor based in Glasgow, who has written a variety of work for stage and screen. I hold an MA with distinction in TV Fiction Writing from Glasgow Caledonian University, and an MA Hons in Theatre and Slavonic Studies from the University of Glasgow. Most recently, I have been working as a storywriter for BBC Scotland’s drama River City. Since 2009, I have facilitated workshops for various youth theatre groups in Glasgow such as PEEK and Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre, specialising in scriptwriting, performance poetry and film-making. My focus is always on empowerment, skills development, good story-telling and fun! As well as performing spoken word regularly at a variety of nights, I am one half of Sonnet Youth, a duo who curate and perform monthly spoken word events. I am a regular contributor to online platform BBC The Social. Additionally, I tutor screenwriting at several Universities.

About writer's work

Since July 2016 I have been working as a storywriter for BBC Scotland’s long running drama River City and I am currently working on a shadow script for the programme. I have a number of scripts in development including a full-length stage play, Margaret Skinnider - Rebel Heart (Fair Pley) and several projects for screen. Last year, I received a Royal Television Society Scotland award for the animated short that I wrote with media co-op, Trauma and the Brain. 

I have directed numerous staged performances for young people, including Toonspeak’s Word of Mouth showcase two years running, featuring a mixture of fresh talent and professional performers. In 2016, I co-directed PEEK’s Youth Theatre show based around the theme of mental health. Previous to that I have worked as a writing mentor and assistant director on many issue-based performances, focusing on themes such as fame, the media, stress and anxiety and gender. In addition to my work with young people, I have guest tutored the third year acting students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and was an associate lecturer in screenwriting at University of the West of Scotland between 2015 and 2016.

I have planned and facilitated writing workshops for companies such as Migrant Voice and Glasgow Life too.  Last year, I hosted Confab’s national Scottish Youth Poetry slam semis and final at the Macrobert arts centre, the Traverse Theatre and the Beacon Arts Centre. Since last year, I have been curating and co-hosting the monthly spoken word night, Sonnet Youth and have provided support slots for artists such as George the Poet at the 02ABC. I also perform my live poetry regularly onstage at nights such as Inn Deep, Loud Poets, Rally and Broad, and create content for online social media platform BBC The Social, in addition to corporate poetry videos for companies such as Siren Cinematics. I recently made it on to the Social’s top 20 people to watch on the Scottish digital scene for the List Magazine. My poetry is mostly concerned with themes of relationships, dating, and the ups and downs of being a young woman in today’s society.

Websites featuring the author

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Current events and projects

Readings, workshops, residencies.

I can adapt to many different groups and have worked with teenagers, migrants, adult learners, University students etc.

Themes: relationships, feminism, growing up, dating, teenagers, cyber-bullying, media, gender.

Other work

Sketch writer for comedy stage show Witsherface.

Featured in an episode of BBC Scotland’s River City performing a segment of my original poetry on May 3rd 2016.

Head Writer for the Clutha Trust and Spirit Aid’s variety night The Glasgow Empire Strikes Back in March 2015.

Published in The Highflight Fanzine in May 2015.

Won the intercity poetry slam, representing Glasgow at the Tron Theatre in October 2015.

I have also appeared on Subcity Radio’s “Rhyming Optional” programme as a guest in November 2014.

In 2013 was selected to be a delegate on the Edinburgh International TV Festival talent scheme The Network.

In 2010 I set up and ran a Youth Theatre programme in Bangalore, India, as part of a charity expedition.

Email

cat.hepburn@icloud.com

Local authority where they are based

Glasgow

Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Other1, Outer Hebrides, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian

Age groups

9-12, Teens, Adults

LL funded

Yes

BRAW network

No

Author type

Performance Poet, Playwright, Screenwriter, Writer

Language

English